Have you heard the claim made by liberal Democrat partisans that the Republican-controlled legislature’s 2011-2013 budget cut K-12 education spending by over $1 billion?
I spent time locating, analyzing, and comparing state budget data from 2008 through 2013. The data is publicly available on-line at the governor’s Office of State Budget and Management, and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), which runs the K-12 system.
Keep in mind that beginning in 2009, N.C. was hard hit by a recession. It significantly reduced the state’s tax collections which required the legislature to cut the General Fund Budget (GFB) to balance it. The General Fund pays for: Education, health and human services, justice and public safety, general government, natural and economic resources, and debt service. Everything, except debt service, required cutting.